The modern day incarnation of Standard Engineering can be traced
back a few short years to the amalgamation of Standard with
Whitfield Wylie Ltd in 1999. Both Standard and Whitfield
had started in 1890’s as family engineering businesses,
manufacturing a wide range of shoe making equipment. By the 1970’s
both companies were small departments in much larger
organisations. Standard was a subsidiary of Halma plc,
and Whitfield a small cog in the portfolio of Winemanor Holdings.
In 1999 Tony Law, the Managing Director and Brian Sperryn, the
Sales Director of Standard Engineering conducted a management
buyout from Halma. Now with a more focused management
structure the company, along with the shore making and shoe
repairing arms of the business acquired the rights to market and
sell the Volumatic range of High Security Disintegrators.
These had previously been manufactured by Standard for Volumatic,
another Halma business.